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An 'Intimate Portrait' Of Dorothy Day, The Catholic Activist With A Bohemian Past

2 hours 10 min ago

Kate Hennessy drew from family letters, diaries and memories in writing Dorothy Day, a biography of her late grandmother. Day founded the Catholic Worker Movement and is now a candidate for sainthood.

How Two Armenian Immigrants Made Turkish Delight An American Hit

5 hours 1 min ago

Decades ago, an orchard in Washington state began producing "Aplets & Cotlets," a version of a confection based on childhood memories and hard work — and still beloved in the Pacific Northwest.

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'The Devil And Webster' Explores Tolerance, Inclusion And Identity

9 hours 2 min ago

Jean Hanff Korelitz's latest is set at a tony New England college rocked by racial unrest. It's a suggestive exploration of tough issues, but lacks the nuance and intellect of the best campus novels.

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Seeking Empathy, 'Shots Fired' Creators Flip The Script On Police Shootings

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:38pm

The new Fox show Shots Fired follows two investigators looking into a police shooting where a black cop kills an unarmed white man. It's one of a handful of new network shows that are about policing.

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Dread Builds As Good Guys Turn To Bad In 'Ill Will'

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:15pm

Dan Chaon's latest novel suggests that even people who seem kind can lead you down dangerous paths, whether they realize it or not.

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Smart, Satirical 'Devil And Webster' Takes On College Identity Politics

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:34am

Jean Hanff Korelitz's new novel surveys student life at a New England college in turmoil. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Devil and Webster is "wittily on target."

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Elastic Lines For An Elastic Life In 'Fire!!'

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:00am

Cartoonist Peter Bagge's new biography of Zora Neale Hurston swoops through her life at breakneck speed, losing some real-life pathos along the way, but sustaining an electric, colorful energy.

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German City Accepts Karl Marx Statue From China, But Not Everyone's Happy

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:00pm

Trier, the birthplace of Karl Marx, will display the 20-foot bronze statue, a gift from the communist country. The city receives 150,000 Chinese tourists a year.

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German City Accepts Karl Marx Statue From China, But Not Everyone's Happy

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:00pm

Trier, the birthplace of Karl Marx, will display the 20-foot bronze statue, a gift from the nominally communist country. The city receives 150,000 Chinese tourists a year.

(Image credit: City of Trier Press Office)

On Fashion Runways, Inclusion Is About More Than Color

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:20pm

It's a tricky thing, casting. Directors have a vision for their lines — but what if that vision doesn't include a more inclusive palette?

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20 Years Ago, Biopic Helped Give Pop Star Selena Life Beyond Her Tragic Death

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 3:54pm

In the 1990s, Tejano music singer Selena Quintanilla Perez made a rare crossover to mainstream American audiences. The movie Selena debuted two years after her murder.

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Comic Pete Holmes Draws On His Early Career And 'Churchy' Roots In 'Crashing'

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:39pm

Holmes, who grew up a devout Christian, says he saw himself as a "Good Boy" comic in the early stages of his career. "I was basically picturing [Jesus] in the back of the club."

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For Afghan Immigrants, Nowruz Celebrations Of Spring Are A Taste Of Home

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:01pm

Celebrating this ancient festival was banned under the Taliban. For refugees and immigrants in America, the holiday and the feasts that accompany it are an important cultural link to Afghanistan.

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'Missing Richard Simmons' And The Nature Of Being Known

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:44am

The Missing Richard Simmons podcast came to an anticlimactic end as a mystery, but it says a lot about the demands of being a public figure.

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Hunger, Boredom And Disappointment Are A Literary Feast In 'Bleaker House'

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:00am

Nell Stevens retreated to a remote corner of the Falkland Islands in an attempt to write a novel. She came away with something better: This oddly winning memoir of deprivation, rain and penguins.

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'Lucky You' Is A Perfect Balance Of Humor And Tragedy

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 6:00am

Erika Carter's intelligent, unpretentious debut follows an aimless group of friends in their 20s, whose lives spin out of control during a supposedly detoxifying trip to a remote house in the country.

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'Ghosts' In The Arctic: How The Long-Lost Franklin Expedition Was Found

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 3:48am

In the 1840s, two British crews vanished while seeking a passage through the ice at the top of the world. Paul Watson became "obsessed with the mystery" and tells the story in his new book Ice Ghosts.

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Robert Silvers, Longtime Editor Of 'The New York Review Of Books,' Dies At 87

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 5:10pm

Silvers co-founded the journal with Barbara Epstein in 1963. It quickly became a leading forum where authors and critics grappled with cultural issues — and with each other.

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In 'Confirmed Kills,' Iliza Shlesinger Cloaks Social Commentary In Comic Rants

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:31pm

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger's standup is physical. She contorts and snorts and stalks the stage as she becomes the characters in jokes that explore what it's like to be a woman in today's society.

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Father Of 2 Sons With Schizophrenia Talks Of His Struggle To Save Them

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:13pm

"There is no greater ... feeling of helplessness than to watch two beloved sons deteriorate before [your] eyes," says Ron Powers. His new book is No One Cares About Crazy People.

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